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PNW Skiing Next Week

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 

Good Morning Everybody:

 

I've got a flight to Seattle next week, and I'm curious to hear first hand reports from Crystal Mountain, Stevens Pass, and Mt. Baker.  I'm able to ski any of those places, but with low snow I'd be most appreciative to hear from local skiers.

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post #3 of 24

I would forget about it. The conditions are horrible in the PNW!!!

post #4 of 24

You'll be here right after a Pineapple Express.  There will have been rain all the way to the top of EVERYTHING and the slopes will be frozen solid or mush depending on several factors.  The snow pack is incredibly low now with plenty of dirt, sticks, and rocks, and will be worse when you get here.  There is no snow in the forecast.   Go visit the Museum of Flight instead.

post #5 of 24

It's an easy flight from Seattle to Kalispell (for Whitefish) or Sun Valley (you could fly to Boise if the daily SV flight is sold out or $$$)...or you might keep an eye on the Whistler forecast to see if that's any better than we'll have in WA...

 

Or enjoy the city.

post #6 of 24
Thread Starter 

Thank you for the input folks I do appreciate it!

post #7 of 24
Actually, monday and tuesday were really nice at Crystal. Top of thd mountain has decent coverage, and if you hit it in a corn cycle, it'll still be a lot of fun.
post #8 of 24

mcdave69:

 

Unfortunately, the skiing in general in The NW ain't so hot currently, snow levels way down.  I haven't been to Crystal this year, but at least drive up there to check it out if your are going to be out here.  It IS an incredible Mountain!!

 

Hope you have fun

post #9 of 24
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Actually, monday and tuesday were really nice at Crystal. Top of thd mountain has decent coverage, and if you hit it in a corn cycle, it'll still be a lot of fun.

I saw your other post and it did sound nice this week. It's just that the forecast sounds...destructive to the snow.

 

http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=46.92912043955674&lon=-121.50098133017309&site=sew&unit=0&lg=en&FcstType=text#.VJybVAABo

post #10 of 24
Dont do it.. im in whistler and its 40 degrees at the top and gonna be 60 over tge next week
post #11 of 24
Yes... Its going to be very ugly. I predict closures. Brutal brutal brutal...
post #12 of 24
PNW skiing in March. Iffy.
post #13 of 24
So a follow up... Crystal will be open tomorrow. The best place on the mountain today was amazingly enough, Sunnyside. I very much doubt Crystal will be open next week and will do the usual late spring Gondola to Green Valley thing for the weekends however long things hold out or until there's new snow, which isn't looking likely any time in the next 2-3 weeks. For most folks, the season will be over even if it does snow and the area re opens. It just isn't happening this year. Worst winter I've personally experienced in my adult life, but then again, the PNW is know for this every once in awhile. In 2004, I was in Vancouver BC and at least the Whistler/BC alpine was good.
post #14 of 24
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So a follow up... Crystal will be open tomorrow. The best place on the mountain today was amazingly enough, Sunnyside. I very much doubt Crystal will be open next week and will do the usual late spring Gondola to Green Valley thing for the weekends however long things hold out or until there's new snow, which isn't looking likely any time in the next 2-3 weeks. For most folks, the season will be over even if it does snow and the area re opens. It just isn't happening this year. Worst winter I've personally experienced in my adult life, but then again, the PNW is know for this every once in awhile. In 2004, I was in Vancouver BC and at least the Whistler/BC alpine was good.

 

Well, you just ruined my evening... OK, the weather ruined my evening.... Sigh. I was hoping for some sunny slush skiing at xtal Monday. Any hope? Or should I come up with "plan B" sooner than later?

post #15 of 24

This has seriously been the worst ski season I've experienced in the PNW. 60F this weekend, cripes. So bad. We'll feel the effects this summer due to the snowpack being half of normal too.

post #16 of 24

I seem to remember '04-'05 as being as bad or worse than this year so far.  I also remember '76 - '77 as being awful. I don't remember much about that year since I'd just graduated from college and couldn't afford to ski much, but I do remember driving over the North Cascades Highway in February of that winter, the only year it has not been forced to close due to snow depth and avalanche danger.

 

OK, where are we all gonna go to get some snow?  My lawn is already beginning to grow!

post #17 of 24
Bachelor opened 1.1.77. It was my first year on the college ski team. That was the first low snow pack year for me. I usually get 70 days in, I'm at 25 this year. Targhee/JH=snow.
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PNW skiing in March. Iffy.

March is usually our biggest snow month!

post #19 of 24
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March is usually our biggest snow month!

 

And February is often a big producer as well. Fingers crossed the pattern shifts in that direction...

post #20 of 24
Please baby jesus.
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Please baby jesus.

 

Did you go up today? If so, how was it? Did it get real mushy/sticky? I spent all weekend trail running and watching youth basketball instead.

post #22 of 24
Um no. Got saddle into donkey cart racing. Going monday. Are you?
post #23 of 24

Maybe. I have some things to do for work and if I get enough done I may head up, but this weather makes me want to BBQ and drink beer instead.

post #24 of 24
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Originally Posted by mcdave69 View Post
 

Thank you for the input folks I do appreciate it!

@mcdave69 depending on which day you are planning to ski, you might luck out and get a nice spring day.  You might also get rained on.  Check the NOAA reports, I'd target Thursday or Friday, if you aren't already up there today.

 

Crystal was very nice yesterday (Sunday), spring conditions but the coverage was kind of like May.  Skiable but spotty.  There was enough coverage on top but the lower mountain is pretty close to being shut down.  Awesome corn conditions in the sun, however.  So if you aren't worried about babying your bases, you'll have fun if the sun is out.  And you can't beat the view on a clear day.

 

Are you travelling with skis?  You might want to as I don't know of any shop that is sending demos out given the coverage.  On that note, the Crystal Mountain Shop is selling off the demo fleet at huge discounts.  Never skied demos for a song in January.  I don't know whether they'd send one out on a day rate if you smile and talk sweetly.

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